The question most Roma fans will have at season's end, “Who will Roma sign next?”
With Walter Sabatini as sporting director it looks like Roma has already started to make some moves. The team is currently working out a deal with 20 year old Brazilian defender. Dodo, to move from Corinthians to the capitol this coming Summer. There are also rumors that Roma, and some other Serie A teams, may try to lure Sebastian Prodl of Werder Bremen to their side.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as the owners have pledged to dish out some more cash on quality players in the next transfer window.
A lot of effort went into getting players like Erik Lamela, Miralem Pjanic, and Pablo Osvaldo. Roma fans were lucky to get some of these players as a few were being scouted by much bigger clubs in Europe.
To support the back line Simon Kjaer, Gabriel Heinze, and Jose Angel were brought in. The season looked very promising but, the back line has been plagued by injuries and poor performances.
Nicolas Burdisso has been out for most of the season with an injury from international duties. Kjaer sometimes puts in a good performance, but has not played to his full potential. Luis Enrique has not put a lot of faith in Jose Angel until recently.
At the moment Roma doesn’t have much depth off the bench and we have seen players like Rodrigo Taddei and Daniele De Rossi giving up their usual spots in the midfield to help cover gaps in the back.
With all of these issues in defense the team is currently in 6th place, and in the fight for 3rd which could mean some Champions League action next season. The new owners did very well with the players that were brought in for the midfield and forward positions.
In all honesty who would have thought in September that the team would have the problem of filling defensive positions? With the team not in any European competitions this season there should have been plenty of players to cover the back.
These things happen though and this is a transition period for the team. Walter Sabatini has his work cut out, but it sounds like he is going to address this issue in the upcoming transfer window. The team has the support from the fans and the owners, and it looks like the Summer mercato will be just as exciting as last year’s.